BY HUNTER MCKEE, Fox Illinois
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCCU) — Protesters lined up outside the University of Illinois Law School Friday.
An anti-war group who expressed their concerns about guest speaker Harold Koh, who they believe is an advocate toward violence.
Koh served as a Dean at Yale Law School and spent four years as the 22nd Legal Advisor of the United States.
“He is an advocate of drone warfare, he’s responsible for many deaths, not of soldiers, but of children, he’s killing civilians and this is what the American people have to recognize,” said Karen Aram, a member of a member of the local antiwar, anti-racism effort or “AWARE.
They are just one of the groups who decided to protest against the university for showcasing Koh as a guest speaker for the law school, but this protest doesn’t just involve them.
Francis Broyle has been a law professor at the college for 39 years and he supports this movement, “This is the most despicable act I have ever seen here at the College of Law.”
The University of Illinois respond by stating this:
“Professor Harold Koh was selected because he is one of the country’s leading experts in public and private international law, national security law, and human rights. He has received fourteen honorary degrees and more than thirty awards for his human rights work.”
However, Broyle and others believe it’s wrong for the university to support him.
“This clearly violates the Illinois Ethics Government Act and I would encourage the people in the community to file a complaint.”